2019 FIA World Rally Championship Wales Rally GB – Preview

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The match has been based mostly in the forests of Wales since the turn of the century and has a firmly established popularity as notion to be one of basically the most demanding challenges on the calendar. Right here is and not using a doubt as a result of unpredictable weather prerequisites, which can manufacture the mercurial gravel roads extremely muddy and slippery, with grip ranges changing from one corner to the next.

Moral three rounds dwell in the combat for the championship, with Sébastien Ogier support into title competition after claiming a priceless victory on the last match in Turkey. The Citroën driver managed to slice the gap to leader Ott Tänak (Toyota) to 17 aspects, whereas Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville is inside of 30 aspects of the lead.

Wales Rally GB will survey the return to motion of its native hero, Elfyn Evans. The M-Sport driver, who uncared for the last three rounds because of a support injury, has recovered in time to preserve the inaugurate of the match the put he executed his maiden WRC victory in 2017. He is joined by Teemu Suninen and Pontus Tidemand in the M-Sport line-up, whereas Irishman Craig Breen makes his second day plod back and forth for Hyundai alongside Neuville and Andreas Mikkelsen.

Prevented from starting Rally Finland following a fracture actual through sorting out, Hayden Paddon enters the British spherical in the FIA WRC 2 Professional class with M-Sport, as a crew-mate to British driver Gus Greensmith. They’ll face solid competition from championship leader Kalle Rovanperä and Jan Kopecký at Škoda, apart from Mads Østberg at Citroën.

A special entry in FIA WRC 2 might per chance be the father-and-son duo of Petter and Oliver Solberg in a pair of Volkswagen Polos. The 2003 World Champion Petter will manufacture his final WRC inaugurate on an match he and his Welsh co-driver Phil Mills gained four events in a row between 2002 and 2005. Oliver, in the meantime, would per chance be having fun with his first WRC day plod back and forth. The younger Swedish-Norwegian abilities, who made historic previous because the  youngest winner of an FIA European Rally Championship spherical by a success Rally Liepāja on his ERC1 Junior debut in Might per chance well per chance, appropriate turned 18 and handed his driving test earlier this week.

Rally GB will additionally be the ideal spherical and championship decider of this year’s FIA Junior WRC. Swedish driver Tom Kristensson is appropriate one point sooner than Spaniard Jan Solans on the pinnacle of the standings.

THE 2019 ROUTE

Rally GB has a recent execrable this year on the seafront of Llandudno, which has already hosted the ceremonial manufacture in most modern years. Thursday additionally has a recent survey, because the rally will kick off in the metropolis of Liverpool for the first time, before the opening stage on the Oulton Park bustle circuit, which last welcomed the rally in 1993. After that, the crews will plod to a extra acquainted environment in the Welsh forests. Friday parts a full of nine phases in North Wales, with the last one lag in darkness. On Saturday, there would per chance be almost 14 hours between automobiles leaving service in the morning and returning in the night, with two loops of three phases in mid-Wales, followed by a recent test for spectators on asphalt on the seafront in Colwyn Bay. Sunday is made up of two passes of the Alwen and Brenig phases, shatter up by the notorious Mammoth Orme asphalt test.

 

MEDIA ACCREDITATION

The Accreditation Desk is found in the Rally Headquarters, additionally dwelling to the Media Middle, on the seafront Venue Cymru, Llandudno LL30 1BB  (GPS coordinates: 53.3219° N, 3.8163° W).

The hole hours are: 

Wednesday 2 October

Critical media safety briefing, Photographers’ Room, Media Middle

17: 00 hrs

Thursday 3 October

Critical shakedown for P1 & P2P, Gwydir

08: 00 – 09: 30 hrs

Shakedown for all Precedence drivers (P1, P2P, P2, P3), Gwydir

09: 30 – 10: 30 hrs

Shakedown (others), Gwydir

10: 30 – 11: 30 hrs

‘Meet the Crews’ Top 3 Shakedown, Michelin stage, Llandudno Provider Park

11: 00 hrs

FIA Press Conference, Press Room, Media Middle, Venue Cymru

11: 30 hrs

FIA WRC2 Professional & WRC2 drivers (10’)

FIA WRC drivers (10’)

FIA Junior WRC drivers (10’)

Originate of the rally (piece 1), Liverpool Waterfront

16: 00 hrs

Autograph signing session for P1 & P2P, Liverpool Waterfront

15: 00 – 15: 45 hrs

Autos 7/23/48/51/54/55/93/94 (15’)

Autos 5/8/10 (Toyota), 11/42/89 (Hyundai) 21 (15’)

Autos 3/7/33 (M-Sport), 1/4 (Citroën) 22/25 (15’)

Describe shoot Ogier/Neuville/Tänak/Evans with “Fab Four” Beatles Statue

15: 05 – 15: 15 hrs

Ceremonial inaugurate, Liverpool

16: 00 hrs

Autograph signing session for P1 & P2, Oulton Park Pit Garages

18: 10 – 18: 30 hrs

Autos 5/8/10 (Toyota), 11/42/89 (Hyundai), 3/7/33 (M-Sport), 1/4 (Citroën) 54/55

Friday 4 October

Originate of Share 2, Llandudno SP

06: 10 hrs

First vehicle arrives for regroup, media zone & service, Llandudno SP

12: 20 hrs (TC5B 12: 46)

First vehicle arrives for regroup, media zone & final service, Llandudno SP

20: 35 hrs (TC10B 21: 01)

‘Meet the Crews’ put up-Leg 1, Michelin stage, Llandudno SP

Right throughout the 45’ service

Saturday 5 October

Originate of Share 5, Llandudno SP

05: 40 hrs

First vehicle arrives for regroup, media zone & TFZ, Theatre Hafren, Newtown

12: 00 hrs (TC13A 12: 18)

First vehicle arrives for media zone, regroup & final service, Llandudno SP

19: 30 hrs (TC17A 19: 39)

‘Meet the Crews’ put up-Leg 2, Michelin stage, Llandudno SP

Right throughout the 45’ service

Sunday 6 October

Originate of Share 7, Llandudno SP

06: 00 hrs

First vehicle arrives for regroup, media zone & service, Llandudno SP

09: 33 (TC20A 09: 39)

First vehicle arrives for Regroup, Brenig

11: 27 hrs

Wolf Strength Stage Podium, Brenig Visitor Middle

approx. 13: 00 hrs

Rally Construct, Llandudno SP

13: 32 hrs

Podium Ceremony & Impress Giving, Llandudno SP

approx. 14: 00 hrs

FIA Press Conference, Press Room, Media Middle, Venue Cymru

15: 00 hrs

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